Title: The Handyman
Author: Claire Thompson
Publication Date: August 19, 2008
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review: Will Spencer, needing a break from his high-stress trading job on Wall Street and his up-all-night and a different man every night lifestyle in the city, has taken a six-month sabbatical and purchased an old house in Scarsdale to get away from it all. To occupy his time, he’s decided to fix up the old house, which is need of renovations.
Enter Jack Crawford, a 44-year-old handyman Will hires to help with his kitchen. There’s something about Jack that will finds immediately intriguing and even though he knows Jack is straight and has two sons, he simply can’t seem to get it out of his head.
But what if Will knew there was more to Jack and he was having a hard time getting Will out of his head, too…
A fairly quick and easy read, I found this to be an enjoyable story. There’s depth to both of the main characters that develops throughout the book both through memories of their past and their interactions with other people in their lives. Claire Thompson does an excellent job of illustrating the challenges both characters go through – mental, emotional, and physical – as they confront and come to terms with something neither of them expected.
I can very much understand why so many people have recommended this book and I certainly plan to join that happy chorus!